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  • Period details are fabulous

    What a powerful book. A Gilded Age look at handicaps, both physical and emotional. I wish I could shout it to the roof tops that everyone should read A Notorious Vow. Lady Christina Barclay has been under her parent’s thumbs since she was born. Growing up rather well off, until her parents squander the inheritance they’ve been left. The family heads to the United States and an American cousin’s home, fleeing creditors. Christina becomes her parent’s best chance to revive their finances. Walking in her cousin’s neighbors secluded garden each day, keeps Christina sane. Unfortunately, she has a mishap and meets the reclusive neighbor, Oliver Hawkes. Once Oliver finds out about Christina’s parent’s scheme, he reluctantly decides to agree to a marriage, saving Christina from the fate her parents planned for her. Oliver is a brilliant and enormously rich man but has chosen to stay out of society because of his physical handicap. He is deaf but hasn’t always been. Christina is a quiet, introspective woman, tired of trying to ‘fit’ into society. Both are looking for a way to manage their lives without giving themselves up and neither believes they deserve the other. Will they realize they are exactly what the other needs? Enter the cousin who wants what Oliver has and Christina’s parents looking to line their pockets. Add in a good dose of Gilded Age politics, graft, and corruption, and you have a story that touches your heart, and makes you fume with anger regarding the treatment people who are ‘different’ must endure. Ms. Shupe has done her homework regarding ‘handicaps’ in the Gilded Age. Women were sent to asylums for what we now think of as frivolous reasons. Men were as well. If you weren’t like everyone else, you must be an imbecile! I loved reading the history of ASL and schools for the deaf. Excellent information.

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  • Amazinggg

    This book is one of the best historical romances I've ever read omggg. Read it, read it nowww

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  • Wonderful addition to an already great series

    ~4.5 stars~ After a series of tragic events, Oliver becomes reclusive and apathetic. His only concerns are his sweet sister and his work. That all changes though after an unexpected encounter with caring and bashful Christina. I had always thought that opposites make the best couples but Christina and Oliver proved me wrong. Christina was one of the most timid, introverted, fearful heroines I’ve ever read. Although I prefer my heroines to be more witty, self-assured, and even proactive, her tender heart and innocence made up for whatever traits I might have thought were lacking, not to mention her steel determination when it came to protecting Oliver made her a well-rounded character. The story kept the perfect pace. I was particularly happy that the budding romance between the main characters didn’t feel rushed or forced and I loved the way Oliver went from a grumpy recluse to a more pleasant man. And his world! It was fascinating to say the least, but unfortunately it was also ignorant and unjust. The treatment of “unorthodox” people in those days was truly appalling and if someone thinks otherwise needs to open a history book and educate themselves – At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It was such a wonderful story and definitely my favorite in the series so far. If you love stories with plenty of heart, a troubled yet swoon-worthy hero, and a heroine that may seem meekly at first but proves to be a worthy opponent when she sets a mind to it, then this is the book for you. I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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  • just fabulous

    I really enjoyed this one! Nick is a lovely scarred (physically and mentally), brooding hero with a hard heart. He has no interest in the title he never expected to inherit and as far as he's concerned the sooner he can strip and sell the ducal estate of his childhood, the better. His whole world is set on its axis when he arrives to find his steward is in fact a woman and the daughter of the old steward. Mina is determined to do her duty to the estate and its people, as her late father wanted. We get to see Nick and Mina open up to each other and to the idea of trusting another with one's heart. This is especially true for Nick who has never truly known love and was abused by a cruel father who hated him. Mina herself only had a father who always put the estate first. There were also several supporting characters who I quite liked and I look forward to reading their stories as they are published. This was my first from Christy Carlyle, but I will definitely be reading more of hers now and I highly recommend this one. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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